Frequently Asked Questions

Nutrition and nutritional therapy involve a lot of personal details which can elicit a number of questions. On this page, I’ve addressed the most common questions my clients ask. If you have a question that does not appear here, please contact me. I’d be more than happy to help you!

Nutritional Therapy and RESTART®

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Foundational, holistic approach to wellness that focuses on allowing the body to heal itself through a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole food diet and well-balanced lifestyle.


Genetic, ancestral, and geographical factors that determine an individual’s unique nutritional needs.

There is NO one-size-fits-all diet.

But some things are foundational for EVERYONE:

  1.  Properly-prepared, nutrient dense, WHOLE FOOD DIET
  2. Optimzied DIGESTION
  3. BLOOD SUGAR balance
  4. Essential FATTY ACID balance
  5. MINERAL status

These same help us to discover your BIOINDIVIDUAL needs.

What does the process look like?

As a potential client, you will be offered a 20-minute FREE Discovery Call (via ZOOM) to discuss your current health challenges and goals, and to determine whether functional nutrition is right for you. Prior to this call you will fill out a health history form and we will discuss how we can work together to reach your health & wellness goals.

You will then have the opportunity to purchase and schedule your initial nutritional assessment and HTMA testing kit to be sent.

Prior to our initial new client session, you will fill out a NAQ and a 3-day food & mood journal and be sent the HTMA hair testing kit. We will go over these together and discuss your health concerns and history in detail, your nutrition and lifestyle habits, as well as your long-term goals. Expect this to be 60 – 90 minutes.

The HTMA test we will go over once it returns from the lab this ranges from 2 to 3 weeks once the sample has been taken and it has been mailed in. While we are waiting for the results you will begin a four week video program that will begin your journey with whole food, foundations of health, lifestyle and optimizing hormones. When we get the lab results, we will discuss the results combined with your NAQ in detail. We will then have a complete dietary, supplement and lifestyle protocol and recommendations written specifically for you to optimize your health and wellness journey.

Do you take insurance?

Nutrition Therapy is not currently covered by health insurance. Some HSA and FSA’s do allow for it, you would need to call your provider to see if it does allow it. We also accept Advance Care Card. If you have payment or pricing inquiries, please contact me.

How many sessions do I need?

During nutritional therapy, you should expect to be diligent and invested in the process for at least 6 months. This is not a quick fix. Some people start feeling better right away, but please realize it likely took years for your body to develop the issues you are experiencing. It will take patience and determination to help your body heal. Just know the regards are tremendous and your wellness is worth it!

What is the cancellation policy?

Packages and Programs are non-refundable.

If you need to cancel/postpone an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours before your session. I will help you reschedule your appointment at that time.

Canceling within 24 hours will result in loss of the session and funds. You will need to book a new appointment.

How do appointments work/where are you located?

All consultations and sessions are done online via Zoom or phone.

How often do you meet/hold RESTART® classes?

RESTART® is a 5 week program and we will meet on the same day and time of the week for 5 weeks. Times and dates will be posted when the next sessions will be held. You may also join the “Waitlist” and you will be notified when the next session will be if time and dates are not posted.

What if I need to miss one of the five RESTART® classes?

If you have to miss a class, I will make sure you receive the materials from the missed class.

Is the Flourish in 4: Your Journey to Wellness Program only video based?

The program is video based for 4 weeks and really focuses on getting a healthy start. Each day of the 5 day week there is a short 5 to 10 minute video to go along with what I want you to learn and work on each day. There will also be a weekly activity that goes along with what we are covering that week. A weekly Live Q & A session will be held to answer any questions that you may have. Day and time for that will be given once inside the program.

Is the Flourish in 4: Your Journey to Wellness Program self paced?

Yes! Yes as you will watch the videos and go through the program in that manner on your own. You will want to stay on course the best you can going through each day’s activity to get the most and best out of the program. We do know that life does happen and sometimes we can’t for some reason or another get the program watched on a particular day. You are encouraged to get the video watched in the week it is in even if you for example have to watch 2 videos in one day. The program is built on each week so for you to get full benefit it is best to keep on schedule. This will also be beneficial for the weekly Live Q & A sessions as well.

What if I'm not sure what service is best for me?

No problem, book a complimentary discovery call with me! I am happy to jump on the phone to learn more about your needs and determine if working together is a fit.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

How much hair is needed for hair analysis?

Only about one full teaspoon or 125 milligrams of fresh hair growth is needed for hair analysis, an amount that can easily be collected from the crown and/or nape area of your scalp without being obvious. A scale is provided in the test kit to ensure the correct amount is collected. The newest hair growth (1-1.5 inches) is needed to show what is going on in your body most recently, as hair cut from the ends would show what was happening in your body several years ago depending on hair length.

I color my hair, can I still do hair analysis?

Yes, but because permed, dyed, bleached, or chemically treated can contaminate your results, it is best to collect the new virgin growth between hair colorings for the most accurate results. For example, if you get your hair done every 6 weeks, collect the new growth from closest to the root right before you get your next coloring. If you need to delay your hair test because of hair coloring, that’s okay too!

Do I need to do something specifically to prep my hair for the sampling?

Yes, be sure to rinse your hair with distilled water, dry the hair and put no products in it. Then have the sampling taken. Specific instructions on how to take the sample will be provided in the hair sample test kit.

Why hair instead of blood (what's the difference)?

Blood and hair mineral analysis do not correlate because they are separate compartments of the body with different roles. 95% of your body’s mineral mass is actually OUTSIDE of your blood.

Hair is more stable than blood. Blood can change in seconds or minutes depending on the situation. Short term variations like one meal high in sugar or a current stress won’t change your ⁣mineral pattern – it takes weeks to do that. Your blood works extremely hard to stay regulated at the expense of your body tissues. A more accurate way to test is through hair analysis, which specifically assesses the whole body’s mineral content. In order to maintain life, the body must maintain blood homeostasis. Unless body systems have been over-stressed or failing, blood parameters will be maintained. Hair mineral analysis can be an earlier warning system which blood may not be. Hair testing is more indicative of longer term patterns and can show about 3 months of one’s biochemistry from the time the hair grew to when it was cut for lab analysis. Blood tests do have value, however, your annual blood work at the doctor likely won’t detect deeper patterns.

Hair tests are more accurate indicators of an individual’s overall metabolic health and biochemistry than a blood test. Hair analysis reveals the present adaptations and compensations being made by the body. High or low readings are significant. Irregular ratios are also very revealing. Oxidation rates can be determined which tell how well the body is creating energy and which foods are best being used at the time of the analysis. This information, among other things, can tell a lot about emotions and mental health. Levels of stress can be determined, whether a person is at the alarm, resistance or exhaustion stage. As the level of stress deepens, the body adjusts or makes adaptations which alter the oxidation rate and even the use of various organs.

For example, a blood test of calcium could be ‘normal’ or show ⁣’adequate’ levels of calcium. However, this does not mean calcium metabolism is good. The blood works hard to stay stable at all times and can do so at the expense of tissue and bone. This proves very true for calcium. If you have adequate blood levels of calcium it could be that your body is pulling calcium from bone or teeth to keep the blood pH stable. Therefore, a blood test can miss that there is an issue in the body worth looking at now instead of later when it’s far more difficult to correct or disease has already set in. ⁣

Hair tests can reveal far more information, not for the purpose of ⁣diagnosis, but for prevention of deeper seated issues and correction of ⁣longer term health patterns. I prefer to use both blood and hair tests, in tandem, for a ⁣fuller picture into the health of an individual.